The Prime Minister was speaking on a visit to Blyth in Northumberland on Friday when he made the remarks. Boris Johnson said: “Unfortunately at the moment there is a key thing where we cannot seem to make progress. And that is this ratchet clause they have got to keep the UK locked into whatever they want to do in terms of legislation.”
“Then there’s the whole issue of fish where we’ve got to be able to take back control of our waters.
“There is a way to go. We’re hopeful that progress can be made.
“But I’ve got to tell you that from where I stand now, it’s looking very, very likely that we will have to go for a solution that will be wonderful for the UK.
“We will be able to do exactly what we want from January 1.
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“Obviously it would be different to what we set out to achieve but I have no doubt this country can get ready.”
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